FCPS Students Win Maryland Young Authors Contest

FCPS Students Win Maryland Young Authors Contest

Four Frederick County Public Schools students earned first-place honors in an annual statewide writing competition, which involves original works of poetry and short stories.

Sophia Sanders, a sixth-grade student at Thurmont Middle, and Searlait Hoyt, a seventh-grade student at Middletown Middle, captured top honors for secondary grades. Sophia took top honors in the poetry contest while Searlait’s short story earned first place.

At the elementary level, Urbana Elementary second grade students Jackson Davies and Mustafa Ahmad are statewide first-place winners; Jackson for poetry, Mustafa for short story.

Taking second-place honors in Maryland are Paige Samara Poska, a seventh-grade student at West Frederick Middle (poetry); Regan Ryder, a ninth-grade student at Brunswick High (short story); Kerala Bannister, an 11th-grade student at Oakdale High (poetry); and Nicolas Farrell, a 12th-grade student at Frederick High (short story).

In the short story contest for grade 1, Kemptown Elementary School student Harper Cornelison placed second in the statewide contest, and Centerville Elementary student Brenna Davies came in second in the short story competition for grade 5.

The State of Maryland Literacy Association (SoMLA) sponsored the contest, which is coordinated, locally, by the Frederick County Literacy Chapter of SoMLA.